Leadership & Service

Service to the Profession:


Coeditor (with R. Joseph Rodriguez), English Journal, publication of the National Council of Teachers of English (2018-2023)

Chair, Standing Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, National Council of Teachers of English (appointed 2016)

The charge of this committee is to …

  • Advise NCTE on efforts to foster diversity and inclusivity among members and potential members, including (but not restricted to) in terms of race, ethnicity, sex and gender identity, age, economic status, physical ability, and teaching circumstances. Work in concert with the Executive Committee and Executive Director on specific assignments that ensure equity and diversity within membership.
  • Identify strategies to employ the resources and values of diversity and inclusivity to advance NCTE’s mission for all members, our students, and our constituencies
  • Provide annual or biannual analyses of the effectiveness of NCTE diversity and inclusivity initiatives (programs, awards, events, etc.), and to make recommendations based on that analysis.
  • Identify existing research or resources that can support a diverse NCTE membership and their professional needs. Identify gaps or opportunities that might be met with new research or resources.

NCTE College Section Steering Committee (2016-2017)

The College Section Steering Committee is responsible for the governance of NCTE’s College Section and guides the affairs of the Section.

Chair, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Academic Studies Advisory CommitteeNational Council of Teachers of English (term: 2013-2016)
Board Member (appointed 2011)

The charge of this committee is to develop plans to assist teachers in making schools, colleges, and universities safe and welcoming places for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender nonconforming, intersex, queer, and questioning people, and their allies. to promote inquiry into issues of sexuality and gender identity and expression in the teaching of literacy and literature.

President, Pedagogy & Theatre of the Oppressed (2009-10), [President-elect (2008-09); Past-president (2010-11)]
Member, Board of Directors (2004-2011) (re-elected to Board 2013-2015)]

Pedagogy & Theatre of the Oppressed, Inc. (PTO) supports people whose work challenges oppressive systems by promoting critical thinking and social justice through liberatory theatre and popular education.

As president-elect, responsible for oversight of the planning and running of the 2010 International Conference of Pedagogy & Theatre of the Oppressed, as well as pre- and post-conference workshops. Featured speakers: Augusto Boal, Julian Boal, Donaldo Macedo, & Sonia Nieto.

State Representative (Georgia), Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN) (2008-present)

The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE (ALAN) promotes communication and cooperation among all individuals who have a special interest in adolescent literature, presents programs and conferences on this subject, promotes and increases the number of articles and publications devoted to it and integrates the efforts of all those with an interest in this literature.

Conference Chair, International Pedagogy & Theatre of the Oppressed Conference (2008) Featured speakers: Augusto Boal, Sonia Nieto, and Donaldo Macedo


Guest Co-editor, English Journal, May 2016 (publication of the National Council of Teachers of English) (Issue Focus:  Imagination, Creativity, and Innovation: Showcasing the “A” in English Language Arts)

Guest Editor, SIGNAL Journal, Fall 2013/Winter 2014 (publication of the International Reading Association) (Issue Focus: New Voices in Young Adult Literature)

Editorial Review Board, SIGNAL Journal, a publication of the International Reading Association (IRA)

Editorial Review Board, Language Arts, a publication of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

Editorial Review Board, Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE), a publication of the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

Editorial Review Board, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (JAAL), a publication of the International Reading Association (IRA)

Manuscript Reviewer, SIGNAL Journal

Manuscript Reviewer, English Journal

Manuscript Reviewer, English Education

Manuscript Reviewer, The Teaching Artist

Manuscript Reviewer, The ALAN Review


On-site Conference Proposal Reviewer, National Council of Teachers of English (2014, 2015, 2016)

Conference Proposal Reviewer, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (2012)

Program Reviewer, College Section, National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)

Conference Proposal Reviewer, American Educational Research Association (Critical Educators for Social Justice SIG: 2011, 2012, 2015; Queer Studies SIG: 2015)

Program Reviewer, Middle School Section, National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference (2010)

Proposal Reviewer, Teacher Quality Grants, U.S. Department of Education (Georgia applicants) (2010)


Chair, Lambda Literary Awards National Competition (literature for children and young adults) (2015, 2016)

JudgeLambda Literary Awards National Competition (literature for children and young adults) (2012, 2013)

Peer Reviewer, Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Grants Program Review (2013)

Peer Reviewer, U.S. Department of Education Office of Innovation and Improvement Investing in Innovation (i3) Grant Competition (2011)

National Program Reviewer, Specialty Professional Associations, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE/CAEP) (2009-present)

Service to the College/University:


Review, Promotion, and Tenure (RPT) Committee (2020-21)

Faculty Summit Committee-Digital (2019-20)

Faculty Strategic Planning Committee (2018-19)

Institutional Review Board (IRB) (2015-16)

Co-director, Center for Teaching and Learning (2014-15, 2015-16)

President’s Diversity Committee (2014-15)

SUMMIT Advisory Group (2014-15)

Professional Development Committee (2014-2016)

Director, Teachers’ Guild (grant-funded project to provide professional development for early-career teachers) (2009-Present)

Academic Support Committee (2010-2014)

Faculty Marshal (2011-2013)

Chair, Department of Education (2011-2016) (2019-20)

Director of Teacher Education (2006-2010)

Chair, Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Advisory Committee (2006-2010)

Chair, Undergraduate Teacher Education Committee (2007-2010)

Chair, Teacher Education Advisory Board (2007-2010)

Performing Arts Committee (2006-07)


Program Chair, English Education

Director, Bluegrass Writing Project (affiliate of the National Writing Project)

Primary Supervisor, English Education Student Teaching Program (20 students, 20 cooperating teachers, 2 University supervisors)

Committee Member, Master’s with Initial Certification (MIC) Program

Chair, MIC Selection Committee

Primary Advisor to 90 English Education students (undergraduate and graduate)

Cohort Leader, Multidisciplinary Group of Student Teachers


Advisor, Gay/Lesbian Student Association

Program Committee, Multicultural Curriculum

Program Committee, Professional Teacher Education

Program Committee, English Education

Associate Co-director, Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project (affiliate of the National Writing Project)



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